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Grateful Dead Live at The Matrix on 1966-12-01

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Grateful Dead Live at The Matrix on 1966-12-01

Topics Live concert

Minglewood Blues, Betty & Dupree, Next Time You See Me, I Know You Rider, Big Boss Man, One Kind Favor, Alice D. Millionaire, Me & My Uncle, Cream Puff War You Don't Love Me, Beat It On Down The Line, It Hurts Me Too, On The Road Again, Look Over Yonder's Wall, My Own Fault, Down So Long, Cold Rain & Snow, Viola Lee Blues Deep Elem Blues, There's Something On Your Mind, Big Boy Pete, Death Don't Have No Mercy, Lindy, Dancin' In The Streets, Me & My Uncle

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Matrix
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > Rm >Reel > Dat > CD > wav> shnv3 > wav > shn
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Transferred by SIRMick


remastered (NR, cleanup) version of previous shn set, by SIRMick; Noise reduction was done with Waves X-Noise plugin using WaveLab as the host


Reviewer: '66-testing - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2015
Subject: FEEEL
65-66-67 my faves too. you can almost feel the acid just from the racing, barreling, toppling rhythms go damn
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2015
Subject: 5
Reviewer: UroDoc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 15, 2014
Subject: Nothing beats '66-'71 Grateful Dead
i've been listening to the GD since 1966 (though I stopped going to see them live around 1978 as they just didn't have that "same old thing" for me anymore). Nothing, BUT NOTHING, beats the Grateful Dead from 1966-1971. They did it all..pop, blues, psychedelia/space/acid rock, rock 'n roll, country, bluegrass..and they did it exceptionally well. They were at their best and most innovative during this period and because of this really established themselves as an iconic rock group. I especially love their 1966-67 period. The sheer exhilaration and ecstasy of their work so clearly reflects what we felt then..We really were going to change the world for the better. Unfortunately, reality struck home or maybe it was the acid just being metabolized out of everyone's system. Nevertheless, I don't think the Dead ever again reached the artistic or creative heights they achieved during this time period (i.e. '66-'71). They may have made more money, been more professional, honed their recording and instrumental skills to a finer edge, achieved greater fame, attracted more fans in later years, but they were at their best earlier on. I know a lot of the younger fans will rave on about albums like Blues for Allah, or Mars Hotel, or Terrapin Station, or recall "remarkable" concerts in the late '80s or '90s but as far as I'm concerned the GD were never they same after Pig died and went downhill creatively and artistically after that sad event. They were never the same. Their music (live and recorded) didn't have the same edge. Those of you out there who were also privileged to have seen them back in the day know what I'm talking about. Their concerts/shows also just weren't the same. When my wife was hit by a flying chair in 1978 I finally realized that the party (and the '60s) were truly over and confined my fix of Grateful Dead music to albums and tapes (released and boots). Then the internet and sites like this (among others, like Wolfgang's Vault--and don't bitch about paying, sadly the '60s are over, DEAL WITH IT) came about allowing us to once again enjoy the Dead's and other great band's fabulous musical archives
Reviewer: pitsy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2014
Subject: The Greatest!
Best Dead show I have ever heard period!
Reviewer: mvoisine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2013
Subject: Yonder
Who is singing on Yonder
Reviewer: switz213 - - June 11, 2013
Subject: Mistagged album field
This is a great recording, but the album field is mistagged as "1969-12-31 - The Matrix". It should be "1966-12-01 - The Matrix"

Just wanted to let you know. Thanks!
Reviewer: mikemet - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 2, 2012
Subject: me and my uncle!

God I love the good old grateful dead

anyone reading this is as big of fan as I am.

Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2012
Subject: Very cool!
I'm not an expert, but to me this seems to be a pretty damn good recording of a '66 Dead concert.
Reviewer: InfinityOE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2011
Subject: The Grateful Dead: Show #93
Welcome to another evening of confusion and high frequency stimulation. Again, not a great recording, and again, I still appreciate the person's time and effort in putting finding this and putting it on Archive.

There's some rare stuff in this one... More treats. I could hear Big Boss Man every day for the rest of my life. Alice D. Millionaire... First time I've seen this show up. Cool song... Not one of my favorites, but not bad. Me And My Uncle false start... I recall an '80's (don't remember exact date) Brokedown Palace false start much like this.

...with special guest - Somebody! Somehow I don't think Yonder's Wall is the only song he's in. The riff at the end of Down So Long (apx. 3:15) sounds just like Uncle John's Band. Viola Lee was insane... Would've loved to see that version live. It's like they just snap out of it after it hits the highest possible point of chaos. It almost sounded like Jerry said Stella Blue. Great stuff though.
Reviewer: barrybuttery - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 16, 2009
Subject: One of the best from '68
This is a great '68 show. One of the best in my opinion. I really LOVE the bluesy GD sound and this just encompasses that 100%. If you are a fan of early dead this is a must have showw!
Reviewer: sondlerd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2009
Subject: not the best copy
The audio on this record is bad. You can find this same show under the mislabeled 1966-12-05 show! Compared to this show the quality is 5 stars!

Great Great show, gotta love the Pigpen songs.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 20, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" December 12, 1966 at the Matrix, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

You are going to need to use your EQ on this show and maybe slow it down a tiny, tiny bit.

Too bad the sound of this recording is not as good as some of the other 1966 shows on the Internet Archive. Despite the poor quality recording the musical genius contained in this show makes it a worthwhile download.

5 stars for the mix
3 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance

Exciting, energetic show with some real 'RARE' treats performed by Pigpen.

For fans of Pigpen this show is a "MUST HAVE".

Lot's of great Rhythm & Blues songs performed by the GRATEFUL DEAD. I loved the DEAD when they were a Rythm & Blues Band. Pigpen's Blues influence was a driving force of the GRATEFUL DEAD.

A great addition to your 1966 collection.

It would be great to have a real clean soundboard of this show...

Here's a wild version of Deep Elem Blues from 1966, check it out you guys...

What time does Hullabaloo come on?

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1966.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2008
Subject: Beer and Beatniks
After Minglewood, Jerry notes that the Matrix has "Beer on tap" and "More beatniks than you can count on two hands."

Listening to these shows, one gets the idea that the tiny Matrix was a place were the Dead tried out new material. (They play Me and My Uncle 3 times! The very first Uncle was 11/29, also at the Matrix.) This show is almost all blues. Old blues, 50's style blues, psychedelic blues, and go-go blues, like Big Boy Pete (do the twist!). Jerry sounds great singing and playing Death Don't Have No Mercy--the highlight of the show for me. I agree with Ox Fall Down, the Cream Puff War jam is good. The Dancing in the Streets Jam alone is worth the price of admission.

That said, the set list is a bit repetitive on the blues end, and many of the songs just aren't that good. I've now listened to all but two of the 1966 shows here at This isn't one of the better ones. But it's sure worth listening to, more than once. But do check out 9/16 and 11/19, and 5/19.

As I noted in another review, the Matrix is now an upscale bar called MatrixFillmore, owned by San Francisco's millionaire mayor, Gavin Newsom. It's the kind of place that wouldn't allow beatniks.
Reviewer: Direwolfman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2007
Subject: I've got the blues
This setlist is filled with wonderful rare treats from the past. Enjoy
Reviewer: teiteldeadhead - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2007
Subject: you don't love me
if you want to hear a good version of you don't love me, the allman brothers did the best cover. i highly recommend they're version. the dead was coming out of the mod phase in 66' and pigpen would use a vox organ. the deads sound changed when tc joined the mix in 68'. from 68' to early 70' the dead was cranking out good american rock. american beauty was the first time when the dead was incredibly solid. 70'-74 were there best years. once blues for allah came out, things gradually started to go down hill with the exception of terrapin station and shakedown street, and 76' at the cow palace.
Reviewer: nmeals420 - - July 2, 2007
Subject: how to?
how do i download this show?
please get back to me
Reviewer: mrcharlie11 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 28, 2007
Subject: wow, this is what it was like
to see them in a small place when they were the new thing in town; the psychedelic blues like no other. crazy. a must listen.
Reviewer: Wally Gator - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2007
Subject: Betty and Dupree
As I remember reading the true story about Frank Dupree, he had the hots for this girl Betty. He robbed a jewelry store in Atlanta in 1912 and had to shot his way out killing a cop. He was finally cought up with in Detroit leaving a trail of distruction behind with more cops shot and killed. While on trial back in Georgia, his plea was, "I only wanted some of Betty's Jellyroll!" Hunter later wrote Dupree's Diamond Blues about the same story as this Betty and Dupree number here. Hunter said it was the only song he's ever written intoxicated.
Reviewer: mafeoc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2007
Subject: I remembered this!
I remember that this was featured on the Grateful Dead Hour along with an interview Bob Matthews and Sue Stephens. Pretty interesting!
Reviewer: Ox Fall Down - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2006
Subject: 3 stars for sound; 4 for performance.
Garcia's solo at the end of Cream Puff War is stellar. The MAMU's are also worth a listen. Almost a different song than later versions.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 21, 2005
Subject: Wow
Great high energy rips - check out one of the first times they played me & my uncle
Reviewer: cousinkix1953 - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 13, 2005
Subject: Corrupt SHN File
This would be OK if the Cream Puff War wasn't corrupted. Tried downloadin three times. Same results. Wound up using the MP-3 instead. The other copy is not an exact duplicate of this seed...
Reviewer: acidtestalumni - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2005
Subject: incorrect concert date
this is a great early show i highly recommend. the previous version i have is considerably noisier than this new cleaned up version. excellent work on the part of the "engineer"
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